Today, I have entertained:
1) the handyman, who has fixed the entry door so the hinges are no longer coming free of the wall;
2) the exterminator, who located three separate sets of holes where the mice were getting in, and advised filling them with steel wool and expanding foam insulation;
3) the appliance repair guy, who marveled at my range and recommended a complete replacement ("I'd be afraid to use that oven the way it is right now.") Oh, thanks;
4) the blessed blessed satellite installer, who has freed me from dialup hell.
And just now the landscape maintenance guy called; I'll see him tomorrow morning at 9:30am.
Fortunately, 4) above means I can now work while flat on my bed. Or couch.